12 die in Vereeniging crash, 1 survives

2012-08-02 07:16

Johannesburg - Twelve people were killed when their minibus taxi collided head-on with a truck at an intersection in Vereeniging, south of Gauteng on Thursday, paramedics said.

"It is believed that both vehicles may have crossed over the intersection at the wrong time leading to the extensive impact of the head-on collision," said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

The bus was carrying 13 passengers and only one person survived the accident.

Jackson said 10 passengers were killed on impact.

The truck driver was not injured.

"Two people had sustained critical injuries, and paramedics immediately started resuscitation efforts on the one, but sadly the accident claimed an eleventh life."

The second critical passenger was treated at the scene and taken to hospital where the person died shortly after arrival.

Paramedics said both vehicles were badly damaged.

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  • phumlanii - 2012-08-02 07:20

    This is sad news to start the day.

  • philip.allebone - 2012-08-02 07:23

    two survived - one from the bus and teh truck driver.

      david.magodho - 2012-08-02 07:31

      All what a shame

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-02 08:25

      I think they should be holding the taxi/truck transport industry to the same level of saftey standards as other industries. This giant blind spot for regulators is costing lives everyday , RAF is acting as tax payers insurance for the taxi industry ... gratis. Maybe if they felt the pinch in the pocket we'd see some more responsible driving but at the moment there is no accountablitity , cash transaction(tax) ,no insurance and highly unregulated. Its riddled with organised crime , gangsterism and violence. I have very little sympathies for these guys when they strike or protest about police targeting because they suppose too considering the cargo and function.

      mulalo.makhale - 2012-08-02 09:41

      I heard the taxi driver susrvived.

  • lownabester - 2012-08-02 07:30

    So uncalled for, If only???

  • Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2012-08-02 07:30

    Yawn. A minibus taxi had an accident, no, never. That impossible.

      kingzues - 2012-08-02 10:17

      its disgusting hw u'd make such a comment... guess the loss of 12 lives does not affect you in ne way. im not saying you should cry for the fam's and friends that are affected, jus be considerate of thier feelings as they read wat you have written...

      malloney.plessis - 2012-08-02 10:44

      Yawn now really, think bike!

      Msika - 2012-08-02 13:15

      I think Juanne-pierre De Abreu is being sarcastic here.

  • sello.mapeka - 2012-08-02 07:31

    Oh my LORD! What is happening? Accidents are claiming many lifes every day...

      stuart.steedman - 2012-08-02 07:49

      It will continue to happen so long as morons are allowed to drive

      rhonwen.harford - 2012-08-02 08:12

      It will continue to happen as long as South Africans ignore the rules of the road and have little regard for the lives of others.

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-08-02 08:20

      It will continue to happen as long as taxi drivers are allowed to dictate to the law enforcers and that they have the ability to bring industry to a grinding halt by staging a taxi strike! Granted not all accidents involve taxis however I believe the majority do!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 07:32

    A minibus taxi was involved. Now who would have expected that, they drive so well and considerately? I guess at least its a closed vehicle ...

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-02 07:40

    minibus taxis----------coffins on wheels. All taxi drivers should have a PDP, and should be re-evaluated on a YEARLY basis. Its because every clown with a license jumps behind the wheel and thinks he's the MAN!!!!!!

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-08-02 08:21

      It would be nice if all taxi drivers had a license to start with and some manners would help too!

      Raymond - 2012-08-02 10:27

      The taxi owners should carry vicarious liability.They are after all, running a business. A multi-million rand business at that. Why should corporate directors hold responsibility for their employees and not taxi owners?

  • SARealist - 2012-08-02 07:47

    Thoughts go out to those that died and their families & friends. Strange that there is no comment from Cosatu and co. They only seem to make strange noises when it comes to mine deaths. But the taxi is also a business earning an income from the owners and yet the Cosatu is very silent on the matter.

      dave.reyneke - 2012-08-02 08:01

      Good point Maybe a question that some opposition councillor can ask on a public forum

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 09:30

      Or when it is a truck carrying farm labourers, then its a good time to bash farmers. But a taxi - dead silence, even though they are responsible for 90% of accidents and deaths on our roads - mainly black and poor deaths as well!! But its not populist to criticise your own ...

  • graeme.murray.9 - 2012-08-02 07:49

    Irresponsible driving thru one driver\r\n costs the lives and injuries of the innocent who rely on transport.

  • john.chamberlain.3152 - 2012-08-02 07:51

    To carry passengers they should have a public service vehicle license. What a terrible tradgedy

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 09:52

      What does a PDP do? The drivers still drive irresponsibly regardless of what licence they have. The only solution is to try to change this culture of lawlessness, aggression, carelessness - and we rely on leaders to do this. They don't, why, probably because they don't care!

  • sipho.masilela2 - 2012-08-02 07:53

    Reckless driving is on fashion nowadays..

      danmotaung - 2012-08-02 08:33

      Sipho, coming in this morning I had to discipline a BMW driver who was changing lanes without indicating in heavy traffic. Not only taxi drivers are irresponsible on the road but drivers of private cars. The carnage shall continue until individuals take responsibility.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 09:55

      And selfish driving. The roads are seen as a place to vent anger on one another, a place to bully people, a place to be a law unto ones own. Especially, but not only, as dan points out, the disgusting taxi industry. Them and the fancy car brigade.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-08-02 07:59

    We are the only country where scores of people are killed on the roads every week every year and there is no crisis. It has become so normal that even government is not shaken by the deaths.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-02 09:46

      Govt doesn't give a toss, only when there are mine deaths then they come out guns blazing. Please explain??

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-08-02 10:35

      No sello.M Also in Uganda, Kenia and Nigeria. I checked out public transport in Uganda, and you are adviced to try to always sit in the back of the Taxi as there is only 2 ways of driving Stop and full spead with multiple head-on colissions. I was riding in a Taxi in Kenia and was very scared. I understand how most RSA taxi passengers must feel every day. And I hear if you complain the driver throw you out of his Taxi.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-02 08:05 this going to sad

  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-02 08:06

    'Twelve people were killed when THEIR minibus taxi' - no it was not THEIR mini bus taxi - they were paying passengers in an unguided-missile-death-trap-on wheels driven yet another moron owner/driver. Big please government - develop public transport further in this country and please sort these irresponsible morons out.

  • shiraz.dada.9 - 2012-08-02 08:17

    sad to read this and its practically a daily accurence. would love to know the statistics for road accidents and see how many are caused by trucks, taxis and drunken drivers. Taxis are involved in most accidents you read and hear about. Just last night a witnessed a full taxi go through a red light while overtaking standing traffic on the oncoming lane. simply no respect for passengers and other road users.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-08-02 08:18


  • allen.visser - 2012-08-02 08:19

    Taxi drivers do what they want, skipping red robots and using yellow lanes as there own. They are high risk drivers. The taxi companies should be fined R 20 000 for every accident that their drivers are involved in, to help curb their lawless, high risk driving. Im betting this is the taxi's fault. No accident, just negligence. My sympathies to the 12 families affected by this unnecessary wrecklessness. My heart goes out to them.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-02 08:38

    issue passengers with baseball bats, if the driver brake the law, brake his head......

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 08:40

    A mandatory law that there must be safety belts in all taxis would be a good start. Many more people would survive if they were not flung from the vehicle.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 09:19

      now who gives a thumbs down to something that's basic logic?? Its the law for every other car - why not for buses and taxis - since that's the main mode of transport for the majority?

      gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-08-02 09:38

      Don't worry about the thumbs down......... they are those that cannot read. School books did not arrive in time.

      pearson.botha - 2012-08-02 11:15

      And you are going to ENFORCE your new law that all the passengers wear those seatbelts? Have you ever been a passenger in a urban "Blaxi"? Passengers in and out, passengers have to move to allow another to board or alight from the vehicle, different body shapes and sizes and passenger's cargo will also render your seatbelt useless. If you haven't traveled in one then you should experience it before you comment. Have you given any consideration to the engineering aspects of the extra seatbelts? Do you think that seatbelts would help (at all) in a (tinfoil) taxi with no crumple zones? (unfortunately the entire taxi is a crumple zone) That is why you got the thumbs down. Because your comment is self righteous and illogical. However, I expect that because your proposal is illogical and unworkable, the government will soon make it law.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 11:29

      Well Mr Botha, maybe you should suck down another Heineken and come up with a few solutions rather than just shooting down mine. PS we would enforce the 'safety belts for all' law the same way you do the existing law. Pull the unroadworthy ones off the road. Manufacturers must build taxis with seatbelts. I never let my kids go on school outings in buses that don't come with belts. God forbid we inconvenience the commuters getting in and out... sigh

  • adri.gouws.9 - 2012-08-02 09:11

    Taxi Drivers just drive like they want to they do not care about the people they have on board. Strong action need to be taken against taxi drivers. I SUGGEST

      delish7564 - 2012-08-02 09:19

      It's not only the people in their taxis that they don't worry about, it's also other road users. Coming out of Cape Town one late afternoon I was confronted by 5 taxis behaving as a pack of animals would act in forcing their way in to different lanes - motorists had no option but to let them in if they valued their cars. I had my children and husband with me so there was no way I was going to argue with them, even if I do drive a 4x4. They MUST be held accountable for their behaviour. Really scary stuff!!!!!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 09:26

      The problem is a lack of manpower too.. Have you noticed that there are less traffic police on the roads these days? They use to pop out behind every bush and tree. Hell I even got fined once for jay walking as a kid! Its obviously suits those in power that we die because then there is less of us to pay grants to... Disgustingly cynical perspective I know but I don't trust politicians!

  • vuledzani.vule.5 - 2012-08-02 09:12

    this taxi industry need to be regulated,people are dying every day and no is doing something about drivers do as they please on our roads when they get traffic fines they don't pay or they organise protest march,realy our gorvenment ned to bee incontrol of this,how many more people should loose thir lives because of sombody;s racklesness?please let the citizens of this country be given alternative modes of transport,let them choose which one they use,i think this may force taxi drivers to behave.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-02 09:47

      Your ANC govt my friend...

      ishmael.molatelo - 2012-08-02 10:50

      Who to blame now? Ppl are dead,govmnt cnt do anything,the commuters mus cum with strategies;coz r the 1 hu r dying,

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-02 20:48

      How about Govt actually admits this non tax-paying industry are a bunch of murders who have ZERO safety standards. Instead they turn a blind eye, why, why, why?

  • mlvwk - 2012-08-02 09:29

    The Govt. must attempt to get it into these taxi driver idiots's minds that they do NOT own the road, contrary to popular belief.

  • bletlatsa - 2012-08-02 09:32

    Am I the only one hearing that both the vehicles did not stop at a stop sign?i didn't hear \the taxi colliding head on with the other vehicle\ NXA

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 13:55

      You don't get the point do you? NXA

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-08-02 09:34

    I use Vereeniging roads frequently and learned to DOUBLE check if there are no vehicles approaching, even still from a distance. Taxis there are prone NOT to stop at stop streets. Sadly to say but these things are only matter of time happening and the passengers are the victims.

  • shantel.vanrooyen - 2012-08-02 09:40

    My deepest condolences to the Rio Casino Staff, the family & friends who lost loved ones... This could so easily have been our guys on a return trip...*very sad*

      danmotaung - 2012-08-02 10:26

      It's really sad Shantel. Families are going to be shuttered by this incident.

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-02 09:44

    And what will the govt say, nix - only talk when people die on mines!!! Why, why, why???

  • - 2012-08-02 10:06

    Its very sad for the passengers...Taxi's have no regard for the rules of the road and something needs to be done or this won't be last tragedy like this

  • malloney.plessis - 2012-08-02 10:46

    lots of white fools read News24 ne?

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-02 13:14

      Oo no! Malloney,eeeiish.

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-02 13:14

      Oo no! Malloney,eeeiish.

      Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-02 13:14

      Oo no! Malloney,eeeiish.

      ishmael.molatelo - 2012-08-02 13:20

      Wat a racial insult yoo!

      remona.smith.1 - 2012-08-02 13:21

      And one idiot also reads News 24 ne... You!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 13:54

      Yawn ......

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2012-08-02 15:37

      Now here is a real black whore.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-02 11:12

    It breaks my heart when people are killed, this being the only mode of transport they had. Their families at home waiting for mom or dad to return. They were probably all bread winners too. The children and spouses need counselling. I am so sorry.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-08-02 20:51

      Govt and Cosatu don't give a $hit...

  • zelda.neumann.3 - 2012-08-02 11:26

    so sad, condolences to their families

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-02 11:34

    Nothing could be sadder than this senseless carnage happening on our roads. Taxis appear to be a major culprit in the senseless death of so many ordinary commuters, doing nothing but trying to get to work. The Government needs to focus full attention by severely regulating and bringing the Taxi industry to heel. It makes me indescribably furious when you read articles where the Taxi Industry have organised a mass protest and blockaded roads in major towns, with their pathetic excuse that they are being singled out, and victimised by the Traffic authorities. Why don’t they rather put the same effort into safeguarding the precious lives of the passengers who provide them with their daily income. Come on Government, show your resolve in solving with determination this tragic situation.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-02 11:40

    Another dark cloud in South Africa.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-02 11:51

    May their souls RIP, And the comforting hand of almity God be upon the family and friends .'YOU ARE IN THE ARMS OF ANGEL, YOU MAY FIND SOME COMFORT'.(Song by Westlife).

  • chamaboi - 2012-08-02 12:25

    They were my colleagues and friends , i was just with them a few hours ago, can't believe this has happend, may god b with the families involved

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2012-08-02 12:37

    The Minister of Transport and the traffic department at large should be held accountable for every road death on our roads. If you can blame Angie Motshega for the education crisis then why the hell not. We need people who can implememnt stringent laws on our roads. When will this end. Perhaps as I am writing this now another vehicle accident is busy taking place. Ministers must be accountable. Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-02 12:54

    Tragic. RIP

  • howard.odendaal - 2012-08-02 13:56

    So Sad that innocent people die due to arrogant taxi maniacs. However, the blood of ALL road deaths is on the hands of the traffic officials, because the lazy fat bastards couldnt be bothered to enforce road laws. Their only purpose is to gather revenue for municipalities through speed traps and few other easy money collection schemes.!! POX on all road traffice officials!!!

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-08-02 14:08

    Crossed @ an Intersection????? Traffic light maybe? So RED AGAIN means lets see how many cars get thru the intersection all at ones. No wait - I shld say it still means that.

  • lawriaan.hill - 2012-08-02 14:15

    This is sad because when the taxi drivers strike we only make means that day to use alternative transport. The very next day we are back to support them. We shut up when they disrespect us or other road users. I do understand that to some point they are the most convenient mode of transport, but how about “US” the public have a taxi strike and not use taxis for just a day and show them what impact it will have if we decide to no longer be treated like things, but as the human beings that are in fact feeding them and their families. Stand up for yourself and the lives of our loved ones that we are loosing.

  • lawriaan.hill - 2012-08-02 14:26

    This is sad because when the taxi drivers strike we only make means that day to use alternative transport. The very next day we are back to support them. We shut up when they disrespect us or other road users. I do understand that to some point they are the most convenient mode of transport, but how about “US” the public have a taxi strike and not use taxis for just a day and show them what impact it will have if we decide to no longer be treated like things, but as the human beings that are in fact feeding them and their families. Stand up for yourself and the lives of our loved ones that we are loosing.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-08-02 14:36

    Solution: Boycott taxi's and catch the bus!

      bletlatsa - 2012-08-06 13:23

      lynn read and understand the article read and understand before you make stupid comments*stupid*

  • anneke.vanschoor - 2012-08-02 14:41

    it is not just the taxi driver guilty here but both truck and taxi! i feel that the owners of these two vehicles must be held responsible for this horrific, tragic and unnecessary incident>>>>the people traveling in the taxi were probably on their way to work some might be the only breadwinners in the household and now????? they are gone because of the negligent driving of two men who took 12 lives in a flash because one had to make a deadline for pick up of cargo and the other wanted to get rid of his passengers because he wanted to to run another trip to get more passengers and make more money>>>>>>>>>THE OWNERS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS

  • ntokozo.tshambo - 2012-08-02 15:15

    Amazing how our road accidents take so many lives, and nothing changes everyday. My condolences,to the families and friends who lost their loved ones this morning.

  • steve.mmatli - 2012-08-02 18:14

    my condolences

  • jimi.harrison.7 - 2012-08-02 19:36

    Who they going to now? The owner of the truck?

  • molebogeng.nthorwane - 2012-08-03 12:46

    this is very sad

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